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COURTS   OF   PARIS,   NAPLES,   ETC,                   gi

cautious what he does, as there Is such a place
as the Castle St. Angelo.

Tom Clavering has run away with, and
married, a girl of Angers, Mademoiselle Calais.
He was placed there to learn French, and she is
daughter to the person who lets the lodgings. He
is positively bent on fulfilling his engagement.1

Apropos of this, old George Clavering's hobby-
horse is roads; and if they are mentioned, all other
ideas vanish in an instant. I was engaged in very
serious conversation with his wife on the subject
of this unlucky marriage of his son's. She was in
tears, and very anxious to persuade me to tell what
answer I had from France about the ladya George

i A curious anecdote is related at Angers, relative to
this event. It appears that the young person of whom Mr.
Clavering was enamoured and had agreed to elope with,
and who was the daughter of a wax-chandler, changed her
mind, or, at all events, had not courage to leave her parents'
abode at the hour specified. She had, however, a confidante
in her cousin, to whom she communicated her embarrassment.
This young lady, who it appears was secretly in love with
Mr. Clavering, and who was not tormented with the same
scruples, instantly made up her mind to supply her friend's
place. She therefore muffled herself up, and, favoured by
the darkness, safely joined the expecting and impatient lover,
who instantly placed her in his carriage, drove off, and did
not discover his error until the following day. It is said that
the beauty and grace of the confidante quickly consoled him
for his disappointment, and that he further expressed himself
perfectly satisfied with his conquest. Such is the story; I do
not vouch for its veracity.